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Monday, October 13, 2014

Marvelous Monday and Gravity

Marvelous Monday and Gravity

There are many statutes and secrets that speak of things like “…no drooping in ballet”, or “there is always a lengthening on the opposite side of the body”, etc.  All of this comes down to one simple fact:  A dancer is always resisting gravity (Statute #25).

From the moment the hand is placed on the barre, the resistance begins.  It is gentle, but constant.  An ongoing subtle lift away from gravity.  Since we cannot turn gravity off, we must always lift in opposition to it.

This is difficult for beginning dancers, and the temptation is to give in and droop, or the opposite, pull too aggressively upward.  An aggressive attack exhausts the dancer, and drooping, paradoxically, does the same.

So simply imagine a gentle upward resistance.  When you forget - and you will - just pull upward again.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Statute #25:  

“A dancer is always resisting gravity.”

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